France Covid Information

In light of the ongoing global uncertainty around travel, the Bramble Group undertakes regular surveys of Government imposed travel restrictions in the localities in which we operate.

Please note that the information provided is only a guide and the Bramble Group cannot be held liable for its accuracy. Before making any decisions, guests are strongly encouraged to check the restrictions in place with the relevant Government bodies.

All information below is taken from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and French Government. Please refer to these websites for information on quarantine requirements, exemptions and FAQs.

Latest Update – January 22nd

  • Any person aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR test less than 24 hours old or antigen test less than 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin.
  • The measures applicable to fully vaccinated adults will be extended under the same conditions to minors accompanying them, regardless of vaccination status. Minors less than 12 years of age are exempted from showing a test.

EXCEPTIONS
Fully vaccinated individuals arriving from the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

Update – January 14th

The rules that apply from Friday January 14, 2022 for travel between the UK and France are as follows

  • All travelers, vaccinated or not, must initially present a negative test (PCR or antigen test) of less than 24 hours.

If you are vaccinated:

  • There is no longer any obligation to justify a compelling reason for arriving to or leaving from France
  • There is no obligation to isolate.
  • There is now no need to register on the “passenger eOS” digital platform.
  • Note: arrival screenings may be conducted at the places of arrival. If the result is positive, the traveler will be placed in isolation

If you are unvaccinated:

  • For unvaccinated travelers, travel from the United Kingdom is authorized subject to being able to justify an overriding reason valid for “red” countries
  • Unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom must continue to register, before their departure, on the eOS platform.
  • Unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom must observe a strict quarantine period of 10 days.
  • Travel from France by unvaccinated travelers is authorized provided they can justify an overriding reason valid for “red” countries.

Who can enter France?

See here for rules for each country by category.

Any person aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR test less than 24 hours old or antigen test less than 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin.

The measures applicable to fully vaccinated adults will be extended under the same conditions to minors accompanying them, regardless of vaccination status. Minors less than 12 years of age are exempted from showing a test.

EXCEPTIONS
Fully vaccinated individuals arriving from the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

If you are vaccinated:

To enter French territory, The COVID certificate is mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 years and two months. A COVID certificate proves the vaccination status, negative test result (less than 24h) or recovery of its holder (from 11 days to 6 months).

The measures applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over will need to present a negative test result.

Visit this page for information concerning the Covid certificate for non-European visitors and students.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated:

  • A negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 or 48 hours old.
  • Proof of vaccination. It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
      Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)), or AstraZeneca (Covishield) will be accepted.
    • Seven days after a booster ARNm dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after two shots of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells)
  • A sworn declaration, which you can download from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that
    • you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
    • to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey.

Starting on 15 December, people 65 and older or who were vaccinated with a Janssen vaccine must provide proof of booster vaccination for their COVID certificate to be extended.

Even if you are vaccinated and you are arriving from a scarlet list country – you will not be allowed to enter France without a compelling reason. Please see below for further information on entry from scarlet list countries.

If you are not vaccinated:

If you are not vaccinated and you arrive from a green country 

For countries on the green list please follow this link

For details of the entry rules for green countries please follow this link

  • You must present the transport company or the border authorities with a certificate of recovery dated more than eleven days and less than six months, or a negative PCR or antigen test dated less than 48 hours prior to departure.
  • For travellers arriving from a country in the European area (Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland) a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours earlier is required.
  • All travellers arriving from a green list country must complete a sworn statement certifying that they agree to take a virological or biological screening test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from testing.

For full details please follow this link.

If you are not vaccinated and you arrive from an orange country

You must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter Metropolitan France. Find the list of compelling reasons for travel from an orange country here

  • You must present the transport company or the border authorities with a negative PCR or antigen test dated less than 48 hours prior to departure.
  • The departure of the first flight is considered in case of connecting flight(s).
  • Children under 12 years of age are exempt from testing.
  • Depending on your country of origin, you may be subject to screening on arrival, for which you will be requested to facilitate the administrative formalities by completing the form available at the following address: https://passager.serveureos.org external link
  • You must provide a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case.
  • You must provide a sworn statement that you shall take an antigen or biological screening test upon arrival in Metropolitan France
  • You must provide a sworn statement that you shall self-isolate for a period of seven days and another sworn statement to take a PCR test at the end of the isolation period.

Countries/territories on the ‘orange’ list: every country/territory in the world, expect those on the green list and red list.

For details of the entry rules for orange countries please follow this link

If you are not vaccinated and you arrive from a red country including the UK

You must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter Metropolitan France. Find the list of compelling reasons for travel from a red country here

Please follow this link for the list of countries on the red list.

You will be subject to a quarantine or isolation measure which will be declared by prefectoral decree on your arrival in Metropolitan France for a period of ten days, plus restrictions on the time you can leave the isolation area (except in case of transit in an international zone).

  • You must present the transport company or the border authorities with a negative PCR or antigen test dated less than 48 hours prior to departure.
  • The departure of the first flight is considered in case of connecting flight(s).
  • Children under 12 years of age are exempt from testing.
  • Depending on your country of origin, you may be subject to screening on arrival, for which you will be requested to facilitate the administrative formalities by completing the form available at the following address: https://passager.serveureos.org external link
  • You must provide a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case.
  • You must provide a sworn statement that you shall take an antigen or biological screening test upon arrival in Metropolitan France
  • Proof of home address or proper accommodation.

For details of the entry rules for red countries please follow this link

If you are vaccinated OR unvaccinated and you arrive from an scarlet country 

Please follow this link for the list of countries.

Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, you are required to produce a compelling reason for entry. Find the list of compelling reasons for travel from a scarlet country here

You will be subject to a quarantine or isolation measure which will be declared by prefectoral decree on your arrival in Metropolitan France for a period of ten days, plus restrictions on the time you can leave the isolation area (except in case of transit in an international zone).

  • Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, you must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR test taken not less than 48 hours or a negative antigen test taken no less than 24 hours prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flight(s)).
  • Children aged below twelve years are exempt from testing.
  • You will be subject to screening on arrival, for which you will be requested to facilitate the administrative formalities by completing the form available at the following address: https://passager.serveureos.org external link
  • You must provide a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case.
  • You must provide a sworn statement that you shall take an antigen or biological screening test upon arrival in Metropolitan France
  • Proof of home address or proper accommodation.

For details of the entry rules for red countries please follow this link

Measures in France:

Restrictions are in force in metropolitan France. While you are in France you will need to present a health pass for access to certain events and places. For all information on these measures, visit the following link.

Upon arrival in France, travellers should download the application TousAntiCovid, continue to strictly respect protective measures and physical distancing, wear a face mask and be vigilant and act responsibly if symptoms appear or if they are infected.

Click here for protective measures in place in France.

The “health pass” applies to anyone aged over 12 years and 2 months, in places of ‘leisure or culture’. This includes ski lifts, shopping centres, Christmas markets, some touristic accommodation (at start of stay), exhibitions and any other public space where social distance cannot be maintained. For full details see here

Anyone wishing to access these places, establishments, services or events must present, in paper or digital format:

  • A negative test result no older that 24 hours (PCR or antigen, including self-tests under the supervision of professionals)
  • OR proof of complete vaccination status;
  • OR proof of recovery from Covid-19
  • OR a certificate of medical contraindication preventing vaccination
  • Since December 15, people 65 years of age and over, and people vaccinated with Janssen must have made their recall, from the moment when they are eligible (i.e. 6 months after their last injection for the first and 1 month for the second), and at the end of a period of 4 additional weeks maximum. Beyond this period, their QR code is automatically deactivated.

Masks are also required in any other public space where social distance cannot be maintained. Minors are subject to the obligation to wear a mask from the age of 11.

Shops and venues:

Shops and services, including public libraries, are open but you must follow the specific rules and capacity limits. Please follow this link for further details.

Restaurant and bars:

Restaurants, coffee shops and bars are open but you must follow the specific rules. The “health pass” applies in cafes, bars and restaurants, including on terraces.

Please follow this link for further details.

Restaurants are able to offer take-aways.

Public services:

All publics services remain open.

Ski lifts:

Lift System Val d´Isère

Please see the most up-to-date information about Val d´Isère here

Lift System Méribel

Please see the most up-to-date information about Méribel here.

Laws around wearing masks:

The French government require a mask that covers your nose and mouth to be worn in indoor public spaces (shops, offices, schools etc), on public transport, and anywhere else where social distancing cannot be applied. You are also required to wear a mask in places where a health pass is required.

Where necessary, local authorities may require masks to be worn in other places.

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